Manuela Battaglia is the Vice Director of the San Raffaele Diabetes Research Institute in Milan, Italy. She received her PhD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2001, and eventually returned to Italy as a post-doctoral fellow at the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy in Milan under the direct supervision of Prof. Maria Grazia Roncarolo. After six years of productive work in the field of gene therapy, Manuela decided to invest her scientific career in understanding, and possibly finding a definitive solution for, type 1 diabetes. Thus, in 2007 she moved to the San Raffaele Diabetes Research Institute (Milan, Italy) as a group leader, and she was subsequently promoted head of unit (2012). Fascinated by human immunology, and deeply committed to research in this sphere, she believes that access to - and the subsequent study of - precious human samples is key to the advancement of biomedical knowledge. At the same time, she recognizes the power of animal models, and makes constant use of them. Manuela’s over-riding target is to understand how the immune system transforms during autoimmunity and how said system can be manipulated to prevent/block immune-mediated diseases (such as graft rejection). She supervises science on the bench, but her mind’s eyes hovers constantly at the bed-side and ponders how to improve patient benefits. She is currently developing a phase I/II study with T-regulatory-cell therapy after solid organ transplantation.
Manuela can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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